Jul 25, 2016

Did Ya Know?

Did you know today is National Thread the Needle Day?  Me either!  What better reason to thread that needle and get a few stitches in?


I challenged my followers on facebook to post a photo of their threaded needle.  How about posting on your blog, your threaded needle.  Here's mine:


THEATRE
Braving lightning, wind, and sheets of torrential rain, I made the trek to community threatre to see Sugar.   Based on the film “Some Like It Hot” (starring Marilyn Monroe), SUGAR chronicles the zany lives of two musicians, of the prohibition era, who witness a gangster slaying. In an effort to hide from the gangsters, they disguise themselves as women and join an all-female orchestra. Comedy unfolds as they try to integrate with the women and avoid "dirty old men".  Memorable musical numbers include Penniless Bums, The Beauty That Drives Men Mad, We Could Be Close, Doin’ It for Sugar, What Do You Give (To a Man Who Has Everything?), Beautiful Through and Through and November Song. 

For the most part, the play was entertaining, but it wasn't one of the better ones I've seen.  I didn't particularly care for the over-exaggerated gangster scenes.  In an attempt to make it seem humorous, it was over done and I didn't think it was that funny.  On the upside, it was impressive that most of the cast were from an area high school.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Long time readers know my other hobby is photography.  Recently, I found a new way to "display" my photographic talents.  I've shared the following scenic views in my past blogs:

Do any of them look famlliar?
 
Okay, okay... so what's the big deal?  (Yes, I can hear you tap-tap-tapping your fingers on the desk as I prolong the suspense, LOL)  Well... two years ago I opened a new bank account and just recently I *finally* used up all the starter checks and had to order new ones.  I searched and searched and searched for a company that sold checks at a reasonable cost with no shipping costs.  Gotta love coupon codes!  Just so happened that the company I chose not only had a big variety of check designs to choose from, they also allowed you to upload YOUR OWN photos to be printed on the checks.  How cool is that?!!
 
Behold....
my photos above turned into check designs!

I only ordered a box of 200, but I'm sure that will hold me over for years...  All for $6.95!  I was so excited to get my checks... Who knew?!!

STITCHY STUFF
Needle flying, I whipped up the Snow Foxy Sled Ornament. These sled ornaments are so fun (and quick!) to stitch up.  This makes three finishes in July!

Linked to Stitching Lotus Smalls SAL

Snow Foxy is a freebie chart I received with the purchase of the Snow Friends chart when I was at the PALS retreat in 2013. The design is stitched on 14ct brown perforated paper with DMC threads and attached to the sled with tacky glue.

As I contemplated what stitch project to do next, I realized I hadn't worked on Eight Immortals since 2014! ::hangs head in shame:: Hard to believe that I'm down to three... whoops... four WIPs.


• Elegance of the Orient

Decisions, decisions... What to work on? Since I really do like Eight Immortals (lovely colors, easy-to-stitch), I pulled it out and made some progress. Look... She has an entire face and more hair!

Linked to SuperMom Stitchery Party #68

Until next time....
 

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! What check company let's you do that??

Great progress on Eight Immortals!

Berly

htimcj said...

Your checks are awesome!
Heidi- ILCS

Kimberly Goins said...

Hi Meari I love your progress on Eight Immortals and the sled is adorable. You are down to a few wips that's great! I love your photography and the checks are so unique. Thank you for letting us know about national thread the needle day!!! Happy Stitching!!

Anonymous said...

I love your new checks Meari!

Karin in CA

Jenn L in Chicago said...

Yes, do tell, which check company was this? That's a great deal for 200 checks, and the ability to add your own images is a major bonus!!

Deb said...

Great update! Very cool with your checks. Pictures are fantastic! Wow, only 4??? Lovely stitching!

Faith... said...

Thanks for the Threaded Needle info...I had no idea!

Eight Immortals is going to be gorgeous, I just love the colors in it! Your sled is cute!

Love your checks, that is a great deal and using your own photos is a big bonus. Lucky for me I get free checks thru my bank though I barely use them!

Patricia Green said...

Beautiful stitching, and an inspiring threaded needle. I'd best get busy to do my part to celebrate the day.

Admiring your checks too. I get the standard bank-issued set because I use one in a blue moon. Amazing how much banking we do electronically these days.

Vickie said...

What a great way to use your photos!! Love all your stitching!! Faery tales was started in 2007 and I am still working on it! I feel your pain.

Anonymous said...

The pictures you chose for your cheques are lovely. The Eight Immortals looks like a very nice picture.

I usually get my free cheques from the bank.

Marl

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see how much you enjoy community theater. My son has been in 2 plays this year and is in rehearsal for one more. My DH has been in a few plays and our GD has been is several,I have been in one. Love your checks.

Karen V
Fitchburg MA
USA

Thoeria said...

Your photographs are stunning....and really clever to use them for your cheques! I have to admit that I was surprised that there are still folks who use cheques! So many retailers out here have stopped accepting them!
Your "Promise Me" looks so cheery....I really should get a start on mine!
How big will immortals be once completed??

Vickie said...

Neat checks Meari! The fox sled is adorable.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Stitching looks great! I love the checks!! I might have to look into that!!

Robin in Virginia said...

Your snowy fox sled looks super! I always enjoy seeing your photography. How cool is that to have checks printed with your own pictures!?

Carol said...

Sounds like a busy month for you, too, Meari! I think the check idea is so cool--what a great way to highlight your lovely photos :) And isn't that fox darling--I really need to try making a few of those little sled ornaments, too. Nice progress on Eight Immortals--she looks so very elegant!

Hope you have a lovely day :)

Denise SA said...

Great progress on you stitching

Anonymous said...

Hey Meari,

Those checks look an awesome way of using your own photos. Looked at the progress of your Immortals and the colours look really vibrant. Nice fox too!

Sandie

Katie said...

I never use checks but how cool you found those. They are very special to you indeed. Sorry I missed the show your needle day. Been too busy that's for sure. Oh I love your little foxy sled. Too cute! 4 WIPs?!?! I think I have 400 haha. Good luck with your Eight Immortals.

Chitra Gangadharan said...

great idea of your own photos on checks. the snow fox is very cute. the eight immortals is vibrant and beautiful.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Your pictures are just wonderful, how cool that you can have them on your checks. Great idea. Cute little fox!

Melinda said...

What a great find for your checks -- they are great pictures too. I do love those little sleds - what a great Freebie Fox

mbroider said...

I am loving your current stitchy project Meari!! How beautiful she is

Thanks for the info on National Thread the Needle day. That's a learning for me. All i can say is i stitched some on that day. These days i do get into a stitching mood. Thanking God for that...

Irene said...

che meraviglia Meari, il tuo blog è bellissimo

KimM said...

Love your little fox. Happy day.
xxx

gominam said...

Beautiful stitching. And your photos are breathtaking, love it.

Betty said...

I love the idea of using your own photos for your checks!

Eight Immortals is going to be so beautiful when finished! I look forward to seeing more and more progress on this one.

The sleds sure seem to make for a nice, quick finish. Very cute!

Akila said...

Didn't know that checks could be customized in the USA. What an idea to use your own pictures too

Eight immortals is so beautiful, what bright colors

Joyce Clark Frank said...

great progress. Love the sled. I have just finished my first sled and loved it. Will do some more for sure. Great gifts.

Anonymous said...

Great blog, as always, Meari. Congratulations on finishing another sled - very cute. Only four WIPS? Sounds like you need to pull out some new stuff and add to that WIP pile. LOL How very cool to have your own photos on your checks. May need to look into that if I ever run out. Lord knows I've got lots of photos to choose from.

Dorrie